We may never have such a dramatic experience like this in our own lives, but it is amazing how God brings us through the storms in life and if we allow ourselves, we come out on the other end very blessed. While I really enjoyed the story, as I always do, I enjoyed the comforting message that Gail has delivered in such a beautiful way. Even when it looks like things will never be good again, God proves to us that it will be and sometimes even better. The romance and love stories are always nice, simple stories, but the message is deep and that makes for a terrific combination.
Ashley and Devon were such likable characters, but I really felt like their children stole the show. They made for a nice family with a lot of warmth. I think Gail must love children because they are always so charming her in stories. The single mom storyline has been done, a lot. In "The Firefighter's New Family" January we get a single mom and a single dad, which means twice the kids running through the story. But Gail Gaymer Martin took a familiar plot and made it fresh and fun.
I read all of Gail's books and this one is not only one of my favorite GGM books but it's one of my favorite Love Inspired titles. The characters take this book from a typical to top book. They're the kind that you're thinking about long after you put the book down. Devon is a full-time firefighter and part-time dad. He's a hero to his community but can he be his daughter Kaylee's hero when she needs him the most? Devon won my heart with his internal struggles and his external actions. He's not a cookie cutter hero. I also appreciated that unlike most single parents in Christian romances, Devon has an ex-spouse who is still alive.
The way Devon and Ashley interact with her helped me respect them even more. Ashley was fragile and kind of selfish as she struggled with the death of her husband, being a widow at a young age, and raising her son Joey without a father figure. By the time we meet Ashley again in this book she has healed some and has found her faith and her backbone. Ashley's kind, dependable, coolheaded, and the kind of friend most would love to have. While Ashely is eager to be Devon's friend she's reluctant to love him. She can accept almost anything about him, except his job. She lost her first husband to duty and honor and she's determined not to put herself or her son in that position again.
Devon and Ashley don't experience a lot of fireworks in their relationship but there are a lot of obstacles that could blow up their budding romance. I enjoyed the respect and friendship that grows between the two as they both come to the place where they can trust and love again. The kids, Joey and Kaylee, really are cute.
I didn't skip their scenes as I sometimes do in these types of books. They sound and act like real kids and I'd actually like to hang out with them. Kaylee's honest questions made me want to hug her. Buy this book and share it with a friend or donate it to a library. It's too good to keep to yourself. Go to Amazon. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us.
Length: pages. Word Wise: Enabled. Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled. Clint and Paula were both in their late 30's and definitely interested in each other although both were hesitant for their own reasons.
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Clint was a Christian and spoke to Paula about his beliefs. Paula had witnessed the faith held by her uncle and cousins and felt like their beliefs were something she missed out on growing up. During the next year, Paula learned more about the faith that Clint, her uncle Fred had along with her cousins and their spouses. She began to pray, read the bible and attend church. She and Clint became friends.
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He offered her advice on the selling of her mother's house and Paula began to change. She became more aware of the mistakes she had made in the past and her sleeping with guys mistaking sex for love. She had a hard time telling Clint about her past, her lifestyle and that of her mother.
Both had slept with multiple men. It was a lifestyle that she grew up with. As she and Clint grew in their relationship they both realized that it had become more than friendship. They had fallen in love but Clint was hesitant because he felt he had gotten no closure of his relationship with Elise and it took the entire year for Paula to tell Clint that she had slept with more than just one man. Clint admitted to feeling guilty for sleeping with Elise. He admitted that to Paula after they had become quite close.
They both realized that they wanted to sleep with each other but felt it would be the wrong thing to do. They were put together in various social situations which was something that Paula wasn't used to. She didn't have a group of friends before she came to live with her cousins. Her cousin, Neely was married to Jon and she was pregnant. They got together to play games and for dinner occasionally. All this was new to Paula. Clint helped her to let go of her past and move on. She purchased Ashley's house that she and her first husband owned. Paula met Clint's parents and they liked her. They asked Clint about his intentions with her and he told them that he was planning on marrying Paula but he hadn't said anything to Paula yet.
He wanted to give her more time to work through her faith issues and to let go of her past. He still had to work out his problems with Elise.
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She had called him and let him know that she wanted him back. Paula found out that Elise was coming back to town from her cousin, Ashley. Elise made it obvious that she wanted him back. Clint soon realized that he no longer had feelings for Elise. It was later that they met and he told her. Elise was angry.
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She told Clint that she had made a mistake in leaving him and marrying someone else two years back. Her husband had left her and she wanted him back. Clint told her that he was no longer interested in her. Paula knew she was happy with Clint and after talking with him, realized that he was committed to her. Paula met with Elise, who was angry at first, and explained her relationship with Clint to Elise. She also explained some of her past and how she had learned from her mistakes. She tried to explain to Elise that she had to forgive herself and look to herself to find happiness and not try to find it in other men.
Paula felt like Elise understood what she was saying by the time they were through talking. She hoped she had helped Elise.
It was getting close to Christmas the next year when Paula found out that Neely was in labor. It was snowing out and the roads were bad. She got into a pretty bad wreck on her way to the hospital and it was Clint's firehouse that got the call to come to her rescue. Paula was unconscious when they took her to the hospital and Clint was worried. He told Paula that he loved her as they took her away. It was hours later that he told her again after she woke up.
Neely had a baby boy that they named Nick, after Santa Claus. Ashley and Devon announced that Ashley would be having a baby probably in June. Clint and Paula were going to be married. Fred announced that he and his girlfriend, Alice, would also be marrying shortly after the new year arrived. Clint was certain that he had rescued Paula from herself and that she was ready to become the wife and mother that he needed and wanted.
He had lost faith that it would happen. Paula had rescued him too. He had gotten over Elise and was going to become a husband and father. I sat down yesterday and finally read the second half of the book. It was an okay book for me. It even could have gotten 3 stars, but for one thing. The topic of faith and religion played too big a part for me to really like the book. I knew the book would have elements of christian religion before I started it, I just didn't know that it was more or less the main topic.
Faith, religion, god is pretty much what this book is centered around. So for people who call those things big parts of their life I sat down yesterday and finally read the second half of the book. So for people who call those things big parts of their life I'm sure they'll like or even enjoy the book because it was done really well. It's just not a topic I want my books focused on. May 31, Pam rated it really liked it.
Christian romance. Dec 18, Michelle rated it really liked it. Sisters Book 3 Paula Reynolds was really the cousin of sisters Ashley and Neeley, but since her mom died and she had nobody else, she was now considered their sister. She lived with their father while looking for a job and a place to live. Now that Ashley is married and she and her husband doesn't really want a rental, Paula has a chance to buy the house - if she can sell her mother's. But these aren't the worst of her problems. The worst part is Paula's low self-esteem and trusting other people - Sisters Book 3 Paula Reynolds was really the cousin of sisters Ashley and Neeley, but since her mom died and she had nobody else, she was now considered their sister.
The worst part is Paula's low self-esteem and trusting other people - especially men. She doesn't feel she really knows what love is, but finds herself highly attracted to firefighter, Clint. Clint is a sweetie and takes Paula under his wing. The attraction is there and is acted on, which makes this an even sweeter story.
Being a person who's fought a low self-esteem, I can see where Paula was coming from.
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I will admit, however, that Paula's mistrust and constant yoyo of emotions wasn't fair to Clint and got a bit annoying. Don't misunderstand me, I totally understood where she was coming from, but I thought it was just a bit much for my reading This was an excellent story. By the way, something I expected to happen in the second book did happen in the third book and the way the author casually mentioned this huge even was great because it let my imagination wonder how that scene would have played out had it been included in the story. I decided there wouldn't be enough tissues in the world to get me through that scene!
Such a wonderful series! Mar 31, Jenny Propst rated it really liked it. Rescued by the Firefighter is Paula and Clint's inspirational and compelling story of forgiveness. In the beginning I had a hard time getting into the story because of Paula. She had built up a wall around herself not letting anyone in or close to her. I began to get closer to her when she started taking the wall down and letting you get closer as she began to open up about her loveless childhood, her resentment and anger at her mother over her childhood and relationships with men ending in disap Rescued by the Firefighter is Paula and Clint's inspirational and compelling story of forgiveness.
I began to get closer to her when she started taking the wall down and letting you get closer as she began to open up about her loveless childhood, her resentment and anger at her mother over her childhood and relationships with men ending in disappointments, the last relationship ending with her losing everything she had worked so hard for. Clint has had his own relationship problems. His wife with no warning just up and left him and he has yet to know why.
As walls came down and events began to happen along with some surprises I fell in love with Paula and Clint's story and found it hard to put the book down till I had finished it. I like how Gail Gaymer Martin uses real life issues that connect real people and real problems in her stories. I relate to the characters feeling a part of the story. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Nov 06, Dawn Leonard rated it it was amazing.
Even though this is part of a series, it can stand alone as the author provides enough of her previous characters' stories for you to understand this one. The characters are very real and believable. Both Paula and Clint are carrying a lot of baggage into their relationship.
Clint has a strong faith but is still struggling to feel worthy of someone's love. Paula was not raised in an emotionally healthy home or with a faith background. She struggled to find love and got scammed. Paula's family and Clint encourage her to learn about God though Bible reading and their example. Both Paula and Clint grow personally as their relationship blossoms. Paula has come to town to live near her cousins and Uncle after her mother's death. Clint is a fireman who was left at the alter.